Tuesday, April 15, 2008

...But Richard Dawkins Can Rap

This is about the funniest thing I've ever seen, and it's quite well made, but in response to its underlying sentiment, I quote Michael Horton from his book Beyond Culture Wars:

One of the most obvious tactical blunders on the conservative side of the culture wars was to identify the enemy as the "cultural elite." What does that make conservatives? The "culturally impaired"? The "backwards fundamentalists"? [p. 31]

Earlier, he says this:

...The only time we [conservative Christians] seem to get involved in public education disputes is to attack teachers, school boards, and the "system" in general. Just as we have few of our own artists with work hanging in the Getty or musicians performing at the Metropolitan or Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, but have instead created our own subculture of artists (with overtly religious themes) and award ceremonies, so those who are often the most vocal in Washington about public schools have their own kids in Christian schools and recommend the same for every concerned parent. [p. 30]

And again:

The problem is, evangelicals [and other conservative Christians] today are more likely to be influenced by popular culture than high culture. This means that they are out of touch with the very world and institutions they want to influence. Hence, wars are fought in the media, in debates about movies, novels, and pop music, not at the source of the cultural fountain. Protests and boycotts may be successful if you are an auto worker trying to get a raise, but they are utterly useless in winning cultural ground. In fact, the resentment they create among even those who are generally sympathetic further alienates the masses they are trying to influence. [p. 46]

Hat tip: Crummy Church Signs
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